Nominet wins case against Domain Registry Services

Domain invoice scam canned

Nominet UK has won its legal action against bogus invoicing scam outfit Domain Registry Services after the .uk internet domain name registry took civil action against Peter Francis-Macrae and his company Ultra Technologies Ltd.

Francis-Macrae was found liable of copying and using records from Nominet's WHOIS database to send out fraudulent domain name renewal invoices under the name of 'Domain Registry Services'. He was ordered to pay Nominet costs of £81,000, with damages to be determined at a later date at a hearing at Huntingdon Magistrates Court.

Nominet also obtained permanent injunctions preventing Francis-Macrae or his companies from causing any damage to Nominet's computer systems, harassing Nominet staff, misusing the .uk WHOIS database or trading under the misleading 'Domain Registry Services' name.

He was ordered to provide Nominet with a full set of accounts and a list of names and addresses of customers obtained from the Nominet database.

Lsley Cowley, Nominet chief exec, said the case "sends a clear and strong message to those that may be considering similar scams that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated now or in the future".

Francis-Macrae remains in custody facing a number of other charges unrelated to the Nominet UK case. ®

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